I play mostly heel up so I have the batter tuned to the point where there is a pocket for the beater to sink into when I bury it but there is also tone if I just tap it and let the beater come off the head. Because this is the drum I would use for acoustic jazz, blues or orchestral settings, it's tuned low but not wrinkled or flabby. Definitely beyond just finger tight and higher on the reso than the batter. When I bury the beater, it gives a tight and punchy note and when I let the beater rebound off the head it gives a nice round tone that gets out of the way pretty quickly. I want for there to be a difference between the open and closed sounds, but not a really drastic difference between the two since I'm using both techniques and I want it to be more of a different texture or effect. This is the tuning that gives me the best of both worlds and the most versatile sounds from the drum.Just curious, but how low are you tuning it? Finger tight? Wrinkled head tight? Or something beyond those?